I've had my Kindle e-reader for quite some time now, and I really do love it. I like playing Scrabble on it, and I like being able to slip one device into my purse that I can pull out and read any novel from my library wherever I am. I especially like that it is NOT a tablet, which seems to be what some of the other e-readers are trying to do. However, there is one big annoying problem: DRM.
DRM stands for "Digital Rights Management", and when used in reference to ebooks, is generally understood to mean the bits of code that prevent the purchaser of said ebook from sharing it with anyone else, or most annoyingly, reading the ebook on more than one device, or from more than one bookstore. As bookstores work hard to gain the loyalty of ebook buyers, they seem to be also working hard to alienate anyone who actually wants to read their books.
I recently purchased the "Autobiography of Mark Twain" from Kobo's online bookstore because I received a discount code. I have their app on my Blackberry and my Mac mini. However, I really wanted to read the file on my Kindle. There were two problems with this:
- The file I purchased from Kobo Books was wrapped in DRM and could not be read through anything other than the Kobo app or through an Adobe Digital Editions Reader.
- Even when I stripped the DRM (with the assistance of a techie husband), I still couldn't read the file on my Kindle, because the Kindle does not read ePub files. This, to me, is baffling, because the ePub format is fast becoming the "standard" type of ebook file among every other ebookstore. (Of course, Amazon has its own file.)
I solved the problem by using Calibre to convert the file from an ePub file to a mobi file, which now works on my Kindle just fine.
- I didn't realize until I downloaded it and installed it on my computer that Calibre doesn't strip DRM from your ebook files - it merely converts a non-DRM ebook file from one format to another.
- To strip the DRM from an Adobe Digital Editions Reader-wrapped file, you'll need to know a bit of Python.
Is there a way to strip the DRM from an ebook file without having to learn Python, though?